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Former Heroin Addict Writes Play, Book to Offer Warning and Hope

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 9, 2016) Ty Bechel is a recovering heroin addict. He descended from pain-pill abuse to heroin, landed in jail and almost lost his family.

"I am not unique," he said. "This can happen to anybody."  That is the warning in the one-act play and an autobiography that Bechel has written since the days of his lurching, sometimes backsliding road to sobriety.  His autobiography, "Heroin Rising: A Tale of True Terror," includes two chilling sentences that speak to the frightening lure of heroin and daunting challenge of escape. Of his first heroin rush, he writes, "An opiate orgasm was released that day. I would spend the next coming months chasing it to the ends of the Earth."  READ MORE